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Part L: RIBA warns of ‘uphill struggle to meet carbon commitments’

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The RIBA has laid into the government’s long-awaited changes to Part L announced today

The changes to Part L call for a nine per cent improvement on 2010 standards for non-domestic projects and a six per cent cut to carbon emissions for new build homes - two per cent less than the eight per cent cut originally planned.

In response the institute warned the UK could now face an ‘uphill struggle’ to meet zero carbon targets by 2016.

The RIBA also expressed concerns about the scrapping of plans for consequential improvements, dubbed the ‘conservatory tax’. Today’s Part L announcements confirmed the abolition which was first announced in December.

The Government’s claim that it’s the greenest ever now seems implausible

The RIBA’s head of external affairs, Anna Scott-Marshall said the news gave ‘much needed clarity to the UK construction’ but slammed the reduced targets: ‘These new measures are far less ambitious than previously proposed. We will only be a third of the way along the improvement needed for zero carbon homes by 2016.

‘Our collective attempts to achieve affordable zero carbon homes with low energy costs for consumers will suffer greatly because housebuilders haven’t been encouraged enough by Government.’

She added: ‘The Government’s claim that it’s the greenest ever now seems implausible.’

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